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It was a privilege to be holding my husband’s hand when he passed away, but there I was, all alone, scared, and heart wrenchingly sad. I thought the pain would never end.
For months I stayed in that tunnel of darkness, seeing the light ahead, but always looking over my shoulder at what was, never quite able to continue moving forward. One step forward, three steps back. My progress was slow and painful but the day finally came when I began to see clearly that I was going to be okay. I was a different person, honed and toughened by the fire of loss. A new me emerged.
And for those in great pain of whatever kind today…I hold in my heart that you too will soon clearly see that you’re going to be okay.[success]Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance. – Ruth E. Renkel[/success]
Growing up, money was often tight. Mum often made our clothes, she was a pretty good seamstress as it turned out. Grandma knitted the most amazing sweaters and being Scottish, they often had a wonderful argyle pattern on them which made them absolutely beautiful and special. But the greatest gift we kids received was being taught how life worked.
As within, so without. As you sow, you reap. Expect blessings, bless others and you’ll receive blessings. Think on these things and allow bliss to flow.
Remember, we all feed on ideas. If you feed your mind a particular idea for a week you change its structure. If you continue this for two weeks you’ll be well fed on lovely thoughts. You are the author of your world and so nothing is impossible![success]Even the greatest was once a beginner. Don’t be afraid to take that first step. – Unknown[/success]
Everyone we meet has concerns, and beginning something new is right up there. But this is the time our awareness comes to our rescue. Concerns are fine, even fears are okay, providing we don’t allow them to take root and become deeply embedded in our consciousness. Understanding our fears makes life so much easier.
When you know what concerns you, consider that a great win. This is key. Don’t keep your attention on those thoughts. Set up images of the exact opposite of what you fear. If you’re concerned about poverty, affirm and imagine prosperity. Not feeling so good, affirm and imagine vibrant health. Fear of failure? Affirm how wonderful it is to be successful and imagine your success helping many.[success]Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her. ~ Lao Tzu[/success]
I remember a time when I needed a constant fix of approval. Starting way back when, like many kids I constantly replayed that childhood need of wanting parental approval.
And that’s fine for kids but doesn’t work quite so well as adults. I was confusing love and approval with my self worth and I’d decided somewhere along the way that I had to ‘earn’ my value. How bizarre is that?
You can imagine the kinds of situations that created for me…not one of them worth two hoots.
I would hold back and play small, after all I might not be ‘good enough’ and I set up this false sense of security which prevented the possibility of being disapproved of. Funnily enough, it didn’t really work. How could it…look at the underlying belief that I was trying so hard to not experience. I had to be good enough. And once I woke up to the fact that I’m part of the divine fabric of the universe, how could I continue to believe I wasn’t good enough. That’s just silly.
I began the work of becoming myself.
You too can affirm…I approve of myself…and you’ll soon find it’ll be enough.[success]What would it be like if you lived each day, each breath, as a work of art in progress? Imagine that you are a masterpiece unfolding, every second of every day, a work of art taking form with every breath. ~ Thomas Crum[/success]
This is what I aspire to.
Some days bliss brushes my cheek and rests in my heart. It comes out of the seeming blue and fades away as suddenly as it appeared.
And some days I’m blissed out and inspired by nine year olds…
If I was a work of art
I would be a picture of the wind
The wind, sort of light blue,
really hard and strong.
I would be blowing away
blowing toward love.
When people see the picture
they would know
I was going the right direction
instead of the wrong one.
Anthony is currently a freshman on an athletic scholarship where he’s studying to be an athletic trainer, and no surprise that he’s excelled as a track and field athlete.
He saw himself as a picture of the wind and now he’s running like the wind.
There is no fiction. All the stories we tell in secret or out loud come to pass.
Anthony is a great reminder of that.
If you could just believe that imagining creates reality, and that there is no fiction, you’ll make the opportunity to rewrite your life and give yourself and those within it unbounded blessings and gladness and praise for the faint-hearted. Because what is real and what is imaginary when, spiritually speaking, all existing things are imaginary?
If you have quotes that have fed you and maybe brought more bliss into your life, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
Hearing the experiences of others that have moved through their dark spots, or been uplifted can make a huge difference to someone who’s right in the middle of it.
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As always, thanks for stopping by and sharing your brilliance.